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October 10, 2007

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TRISH WEEMS

Shooting off a letter to the RRC is a waste of time, and in most cases, hiring an attorney is to. You can complain all you want, but unless you are willing to spend a great deal of money (in excess of $30,000) you will get nowhere with the RRC,or the driller.Most cases you spend what you gain, netting zero! We were excluded from a pooling lease in Johnson County, without being approached by the driller at all. We sit in the middle of a pool lease for Devon. They went around us, called us a window, the RRC approved the lease without questioning Devon, and that my friends is called a gas capture..... We do not apply to the windows rules..as we are in a so-called rural area..We contacted an attorney, filed a complaint with the RRC and it went nowhere...The Tx RRC is OIL FRIENDLY.... The laws are such that the RRC has little or no jurisdiction to do anything. You must have an attorney to file any action against an oil company and that costs....big time... Unless the legislation changes,to meet todays current times such as in the Barnett Shale, it will remain the Good Ol Boys state... Devon, being the Company it is(I cant write what i want to) offered to lease then,but at a ridiculous amount..$500.00....an acre.. They basically laughed in our face, and ignored the fact they did anything wrong. We all know leases in the area are going for over $20,000. now..They captured gas for almost two years..and there is a statue of limitations of two years to file suit to force them to pay that..You cant do that unless you have gone through the RRC first..The RRC does not have jurisdiction to make them pay for that...(captured gas)and after doing an exstensive amount of reasearch on the existing leases in this particular pool we found several other violations against them.One person receiving the mineral royalties does not actually own the mineral rights, and some of our land is listed in the neighbors lease...Some persons in the lease, were not listed with the county in the pool 12. .. The RRC doesnt care, they simply will not do anything unless you are willing to go through the aggravation and expense to go all the way..and your odds are not good as most settle out of court for fear of loosing. Then if you do win, the driller will appeal and it will sit on the dockets and never see the Tx Supreme court. The oil companies know this and can simply do what they want! cHANGE IN THE LAWS TO PROTECT CITIZENS IS WHAT WE NEED!!!!! If anyone checks the pool lease records in their area (WHICH IS VERY TIME CONSUMING) they will find errors..I have a dilema now ,do I tell the proper mineral right owner they own the mineral royalties and their monies have been taken for two years by the previous owners of the land, because Devon did not do their homework, or to keep quiet and let the previous owner keep money that they should not have received!WWJD?

sallyd

I am worried about the environmental impact of this drilling, esp since it is not regulated by the gov't and the TRC doesn't not routinely inspect. Thus, I do not want to sign away my mineral rights. Yet, it sounds like if I don't then they can take it anyway either through the "back door" of a neighbor...or if impeded then just "take it" (i.e. my understanding of the first blog posting stating: "Finally, if a landowner does not sign a lease and the well is drilled anyway, the landowner may then ask to be included in the lease. If the operator refuses, the landowner may petition the Railroad Commission to be included in the lease."

So do I have any rights here?

Feeling very helpless...

Philip Wynne

No reputable landman would ever ask for a Lessor to sign away half of his mineral interest in exchange for a lease negotiation.

This tactic reminds me of one that supposedly was common several decades ago, in which so-called landmen would have illiterate mineral owners sign leases conveying their mineral rights to the landmen THEMSELVES if for any reason there was no production from those leased premises. Hmmm, I WONDER how many of those leases resulted in production....

CAVEAT EMPTOR!

Honest Landguy

Are you kidding "Mineral Man"?!? That is such a sleazy message, and utter BS if you asked me. Who is their right mind would give you half of their minerals for you to negotiate, and then what makes you think you have any stroke with the producers??? The fact that your Land friend tells you that there's a hot market? No kidding! I would urge the moderator to remove this hustler's solicitation.

Mineral Man

With my New Mineral Lease Addendum, I'll be able to
squeeze more money out of the Lessee.

I ask for everything ... ( including the kitchen sink, almost ! )
Probably wont get everything but, it's way more than what anyone
else will be able to get !

So, my proposal to you is this;

If I can get you more money than you
would get leasing the minerals on your own
even by giving me 1/2 interest in the minerals,
would you do it ?

Gee ! ... Let me think ! ... Duh ! ... That's a No Brainer !

I can.

The biggest possible way is thru negotiating the
"Royalty Fraction" %.

Other Ways:
_ Bonus per acre
_ Better Lease
_ Shorter Term
_ Bigger Renewal Bonus
_ Bigger Royalty
_ Bigger Shut-in Royalty
_ Defining "The Royalty"
_ Get the Oil-Gas Co to take all the liabilty.
_ Have some control over any assignments of the lease.

Jees ! ... I ought to be in advertising !


Whatayathink - Whatayathink ? Huh ?

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE !

My Landman contact, said that now is the time
due to competition in all of the Hot Tarrant County
areas !

And ... I know whos paying the most and
how to negotiate for more money !

Dont sign a lease without talking to me first !

David Boles
mineralman31@yahoo.com

Otis Bowden

With all the drilling leases being sort after we in Collingwood, Arlington are being separated and preyed upon. The bonus money is low because the Gas Co.say the lack of interest by other Companies and our fellow residents.I would like to know if you know of any interest in drilling in the Madlock, Cooper area?
Thanks

B. Humphries

Good Point Curtis. This can include encroachment by the drilling
company's on the outer limits of a neighborhoods lease agreement
due to the associations demands, stipulations and the concessions
made by the leasing company's to the associations for their leases.
No truck traffic in their neighboorhood ? who's neighborhood will
it be in then? no pipelines running thru their neighborhood, then
who's ? No noise in their neighboorhood ? then who's? To give all
these concessions to a select neighborhood association and a mega
bonus, who is going to be violated in a big, hugh way for these
wells on their royality payroll to be drilled ?. Who's leases are
going to be violated for the benefit of a few? who's quality of life
and property values are going to be violated for the select few who
demanded and got all these concessions? When drilling like this is
done in the country, on someones fence line, and is bored under a
property owners fence to steal the minerals from your neighbor, is
when you go to town and have your attorney shoot off a letter to the
RailRoad Commission for illegal encroachment. People, watch your
back, nobody will do it for you.

B. Humphries

Good Point Curtis. This can include encroachment by the drilling
company's on the outer limits of a neighborhoods lease agreement
due to the associations demands, stipulations and the concessions
made by the leasing company's to the associations for their leases.
No truck traffic in their neighboorhood ? who's neighborhood will
it be in then? no pipelines running thru their neighborhood, then
who's ? No noise in their neighboorhood ? then who's? To give all
these concessions to a select neighborhood association and a mega
bonus, who is going to be violated in a big, hugh way for these
wells on their royality payroll to be drilled ?. Who's leases are
going to be violated for the benefit of a few? who's quality of life
and property values are going to be violated for the select few who
demanded and got all these concessions? When drilling like this is
done in the country, on someones fence line, and is bored under a
property owners fence to steal the minerals from your neighbor, is
when you go to town and have your attorney shoot off a letter to the
RailRoad Commission for illegal encroachment. People, watch your
back, nobody will do it for you.

Curtis Franklin

"In addition, the well bore may not pass directly beneath the unleased property, and it must remain at least 330 feet from their property line."

If the well bore must be 330 feet from the property line doesn't that in itself prohibit passing directly beneath the property?

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